The Mentalist

Season 5 Episode 7

If It Bleeds, It Leads

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 11, 2012 on CBS
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Jane insists on pursuing his own leads to find Lorelei as the team investigates the murder of a reporter.

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  • Lisbon's version of Red John.

    This is another episode left with many questions that started with Jane planning a way to break Lorelei out of a federal prison which on the previous episode is where he found out where she was The murder of a reporter really gets to Lisbon when she finds she has a new nemesis called Volker who is a really powerful man and has proven that he can get away with murder He is like Lisbon's version of Red John At the end you could see how Lisbon felt when she saw the woman dead that Lisbon said would be safe but Volker was able to walk away and is likely to return later in the season The episode ended with a teaser when the man from the limo appears and his name is Robert Kirkland and he came to warn Lisbon about Volker and it was good how he bumped into Jane at the end and Jane asks if he knows him and Kirkland says no but I know you Perfect ending with many questions to answer.moreless
  • Shudders

    The creepy Volker guy probably killed his assistant as a warning to Lisbon, or to mess with her, rather than anything to do with the assistant herself.

    I love how well thought out this show is - they've clearly planned ahead. I'm about 65% sure that the guy from Homeland security isn't Red John, but that he is somehow connected is pretty clear... But I haven't been so engrossed in a crime drama series in a long time. I even prefer The Mentalist to Castle, which I loved before I found The Mentalist. And I just found out recently that Patrick Jane is played by an Aussie - way to go, us! :pmoreless
  • If It Bleeds It Leads

    The case here was pretty interesting, as was Patrick's endless pursuit of the truth. The show has been rolling the past few weeks, and in addition to an intriguing case, you had some recognizable guest stars like Henry Ian Cusick.

    Enjoyable episode.
  • There's something wrong.

    Volker. The assistant. Lorelei Martins. Rober Kirkland. Those four characters are key characters at the moment.

    But there's something wrong with it all.

    Pardon me if I'm wrong ... maybe I'm not as observational as I think I am. But the show has definitely dropped a huge bomb.

    First off, Kirkland is NOT Red John, and neither is Volker. Highly unlikely. First of all, the Mentalist is scheduled for at least three more seasons, and Bruno Heller doesn't plan on Red John showing himself anytime soon.

    But then let's think about it logically - it's not Kirkland because Jane was perfectly fine with meeting him (note that smile he has at the very end). Jane would have been on the guard. And it's not Volker either, because I'm pretty sure Red John's style is cutting people open, not suffocating them (even if it for a supposed suicide). On top of that, I'm pretty sure Lisbon would have noticed something, too. And why would he want to get rid of his assistant? Volker's reasons aren't big enough for him to be Red John. But he's a possible acquaintance, just like Kirkland. But they're definitely key characters, because they will make another reappearance. I just don't know when.

    Now what I find fishy about it all is Jane's reaction to the electrical fence. Jane is known for his smart aleck ways to get into places and find things out, and surely an electrical fence won't stop him from getting something that he wants so badly?

    But he stopped. Jane just gave up on the whole thing way too easily.

    I'm not saying he won't be back to try again, I'm just saying that him dropping the whole subject so easily is not right. Not when it's Lorelei Martins at stake. And he was so dedicated to busting her out throughout the whole season, that I found it really, really, odd that he just dropped it like that. He was so dedicated and not focused at all on the case for like the first 45 minutes of the episode, and all of a sudden in the last 15 minutes he's all head over heels trying to figure it out? And all because of the fact he can't get pas an electrical fence? Not right, in my opinion. And the way he was so casual about Kirkland - the whole thing doesn't seem quite right. I know that in the next episode synopsis, it says that he's trying to get Brett Stiles to help him, but still ... it just doesn't seem like him,

    But hopefully next episode it'll be better.moreless
  • Interesting

    Overall the episode was nice. But the plot was a lot thicker than usual, I think with Volker in the picture they can go many ways from here and I hope they will develop a good story. Besides the suspicion of Bob being Red John, did anyone noticed that he is the same guy that was in the limo with that FBI 'director' in Red Dawn? If he's not Red John himself, he at least is related to him in someway.

    There's one thing that bothered me about the storyline: the assistent didn't get protection straight away. Volker, powerful as he was depicted, would certainly have kept an eye on her and would have known what was going on. I knew she would get killed the moment Lisbon stepped in her apartment.moreless
Mircea Monroe

Mircea Monroe

Tara Skye

Guest Star

Amir Arison

Amir Arison

Ryan Kasmir

Guest Star

Jennifer Peo

Jennifer Peo

Cassie Flood

Guest Star

Kevin Corrigan

Kevin Corrigan

Robert Kirkland

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Kirkland: (Kirkland bumps into Jane)Sorry Mister Jane.
      Jane: Do I know you?
      Kirkland: No.But I know you.

    • Volker: (referring to Amanda Shaw) She left a suicide note,you know?Via e-mail.
      Lisbon: You will not get away with this.I promise.
      Volker: You have no idea what's happening at all,do you?Enjoy your job while you still have it Teresa.

    • Jane: Show Volker this sketch and watch his face.
      Lisbon: I know what to do.
      Jane: I know you do.You go girl!

    • Kasmir: (commenting on Jane)Is he going off script?
      Lisbon: Yeah,he does that.

    • Tara: I don't want to speak ill of the dead.
      Jane: They don't really care.They're dead.

    • Lisbon: Let's go to the news station the victim worked at.
      Jane: Uh, I'm kind of busy. Maybe later.
      Lisbon: That's not how it works. We have to do our jobs.
      Jane: Well, I think you can do it. You're very capable.
      Lisbon: I'm not kidding. Come on, let's go.
      Jane: Okay, I'll go to the news station with you, get you started, and then you're on your own, all right?
      Lisbon: I am not in the sixth grade. That doesn't work on me.
      Jane: I can't promise I'll always be around to help you, Teresa. All right? There will come a time when you might have to do all this on your own, and I want you to be prepared.
      Lisbon: I am prepared to punch you in the face all on my own.

  • NOTES (4)